AC Milan captain Massimo Ambrosini insists they will not man-mark Lionel Messi in Tuesday’s Champions League clash and will face Barcelona with “courage” (Barca 1/4, Milan 11/1, draw 5/1 Match Prices – bet365).
The two giants of European football face each other in the second leg of their quarter-final tie with honours even after the first-leg stalemate at the San Siro.
That would normally mean it was advantage to the away team for the second leg as an away goal would force the hosts to score twice to progress.
But such is the Catalans? fire-power that they are red-hot favourites to make the last four despite a failure to score in Italy last week (Barca 2/11, Milan 7/2 To Qualify – bet365).
Messi is the man who has dominated proceedings all season for Barca and, despite coach Pep Guardiola possessing a star-studded squad, he is the man that Milan fear.
But Ambrosini is adamant that they will not assign one player to sit on the diminutive Argentinian throughout the 90 minutes.
“Messi is a unique player with the ball at his feet; one cannot think of trying to stop him,” he said. “So, I do not think we will assign someone with the role of stopping him.”
Many pundits have already written of Milan?s chances of getting the result they need to move into the semi-finals but Ambrosini is targeting a rousing performance to achieve the victory that they need to remain in the competition.
“We must face them with courage otherwise this game will be very hard,” he added. “It is great to be here but the intention is to go through.”